David Moyes suggests Arsenal man gets a lot of criticism he doesn't agree with
David Moyes has claimed that a lot of the criticism that Mikel Arteta has faced has been unfair, and insisted that the Arsenal boss has made a very bright start to his managerial career, in comments reported by Football London.
West Ham travel to the Emirates on Wednesday for a Premier League clash that pits two of the current top six against each other.
It is also a game that pits Moyes against one of his former players. Arteta, of course, played under the Hammers boss while at Everton.
Moyes’ managerial stock has rarely been higher. He has done an amazing job at the London Stadium. Arteta meanwhile, has found life in the dug-out a little trickier.
‘He has started well’
There have been a couple of occasions where, from the outside, it has appeared that Arteta has been on the brink. Certainly, it seemed that he faced a huge battle to keep his post after losing the first three league games of the season.
Arsenal have improved considerably as the campaign has gone on. But the recent defeat to Everton provided a reminder of the hurdles Arteta still has to clear.
Moyes however, hinted that he can see Arsenal enjoying plenty of success should they stick by Arteta.
“I don’t know why people don’t talk about Mikel winning a couple of trophies, I have found it hard to win trophies so I think he has got off to a good start,” he said, as reported by Football London. “He has a good team and they have bought some good young players.
“I did not agree with a lot of the criticism at Arsenal and I think Mikel has started his career really well with an FA Cup and Charity Shield so I think he has started well.”
Arteta still has lots to prove amid Moyes praise, but Arsenal do look to be moving in right direction
It is hard to argue with those who feel that Arteta is not the man to lead Arsenal back towards the summit. The Gunners still have so much to do. And Arteta has a lot still to prove.
But there is surely no question that Arsenal have much better foundations in place. They have a young, exciting squad that has shown real potential this season.
Arteta still has a lot of doubters to silence. But he has surely earned the chance to show how far he can take the Gunners.